Nintendo Switch: Digital Game Purchases Limited To A Single Device

By Michael Augustin , Updated Feb 24, 2017 04:18 AM EST
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Nintendo has made an announcement recently that all digital purchases made on the Nintendo Switch will be tied to the user's Nintendo account, but not on the particular device where they made the transaction from. However, reports indicate that a representative from the Japanese gaming company confirmed that users cannot play their purchased game on a different Switch. If this information is final, it could mean that users have to buy the game multiple times for each device.

Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi has reportedly confirmed that as of now, the system unfortunately does not support multiple downloads on different units. According to Game Rant, he said "currently we don't have a system like that in place for Nintendo Switch." He also explained that the company has not made a solid decision about that aspect as of now, which obviously left fans confused about the firm's planned direction with their newest console.

Speculations about the digital purchases made on the Nintendo Switch suggest that the user's Nintendo account is locked to the first system where it was linked and activated. The lack of information about game sharing on the new console seems odd, given that the gaming system is scheduled to launch next week. Meanwhile, Sony and Microsoft have natively supported game sharing on their flagship console since its launch.

The device's slowly-approaching launch date has reportedly started to increase the number of news about it. A lot of different publications have apparently gotten their hands on a loaner from Nintendo and have begun to mess around with the game system. Unboxing videos as well as early reviews have observably started to pour in as the company has obviously begun its final marketing push before the Switch officially goes on sale.

A report from CNET confirms that Nintendo has added three more games to its Nintendo Switch launch games lineup. "Fast RMX" and two "Shovel Knight" games will reportedly be available when the gaming system hits retail stores on March 3, 2017. Users are apparently hoping that Nintendo addresses the game sharing feature of the Switch before its scheduled launch.

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